Reusing a Linoleum Remnant to Cover a Tabletop

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Lay it On Me!

Yesterday I blogged about where to get free linoleum tile samples and some ways to reuse these. If you happen to have a few larger pieces of linoleum flooring remnants, rather than tiles, leftover from a home renovation project, you can keep these out of the landfill by repurposing any unused bits of linoleum flooring to cover and brighten up an unattractive tabletop.

As in yesterday’s blog, secure the linoleum remnant to the tabletop with double-sided carpet tape--after you've done your measuring and fitted out the pieces you'll need, of course. Or, you can create a larger area rug to brighten up a corner or workspace by simply joining pieces together along the sides with some press-on carpet edging tape.

If you yourself have done no floor renovation, ask neighbours or check out garage sales. You can probably find some old pieces with interesting designs that you can reuse.

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Lie Like a Rug - Recycling Linoleum Tiles

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Where to get free linoleum tile samples

You might not think of linoleum flooring as a particularly easy material to work with in a creative or artistic sense, but there are folks out there who view this as a great medium and create neat stuff using it. If you don't have a few tiles left over from a home renovation project, ask your neighbours. Or, just like carpet samples, you can get free linoleum samples and tiles anywhere flooring supplies are sold: building stores (like Rona or Home Depot), department stores that have a flooring section, and stores that specialize in flooring. Or as a potential customer, often online flooring material stores and suppliers will provide you with free samples.


DIY linoleum tile rug

The above is an example of an area rug that you can make with tiles. These area rugs can be as large or small depending on how many tiles you have on hand. Unfortunately I lost the information about who the artist is for making the above linoleum rug but it's a really effective way to reuse unused tiles.

If you want to make a similar rug, use quilt patterns to inspire you. Most quilting books also show you how to make a pattern so head for your local library for books on quilting. And no sewing involved--you just need to glue the blocks to a backing of some kind. Once you've figured out how to make the pattern, you'll need back material, carpet edging, and double sided tape. Experiment with a few small scraps before attempting the real thing. 

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